Injuries to more than a dozen Detroit Red Wings provided an opportunity for Tomas Tatar and the rookie forward isn't letting it go to waste.
Tatar leads the Red Wings rookies with seven points in 14 games – Damien Brunner isn't considered a rookie – after scoring Detroit's lone goal in Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Since being recalled Feb. 3 from Grand Rapids – where he was second on the team in scoring with 39 points – Tatar has scored four goals. He and Joakim Andersson, who was recalled from Grand Rapids Feb. 8, have been a formidable duo on the Red Wings' third line.
Andersson has three goals and three assists in 12 games and was the one who set up Tatar's goal Sunday.
"That's what we're here for," Tatar said. "We didn't want to come here just to be part of the team and stand here. We want to do something, too. So if we get a chance to play, we want to show the best we can.
"If you spend more time on the ice, you obviously start to feel better and better."
Tomas Tatar among rookies taking advantage of opportunity with Detroit Red Wings this season
Michigan Live | Mar 4